Friday Caterwaul - Open Forum

As if the Panthers didn't already have one large potential record looming over their shoulders (that of setting the modern futility mark of most consecutive seasons without playoff action), tonight presents yet another: New Jersey's Martin Brodeur sitting one shutout away from the all-time record.

Of course, the Cats are on the business end of it in Newark after going goal-less in Columbus on Wednesday.

Scott Clemmensen gets the net for Florida against his former tribe, while formerly hot point producers Nathan Horton and Stephen Weiss try to climb their way out of a two-game point slump. Collectively the Cats are 1-5-4 in their past ten.

Brodeur has five career shutouts against the Panthers. No, there aren't many positives leading into this one, but we'll watch because that's what we do.

Anyone else have about 14 hours of work to cram in before the puck drops?

Tonight's Open Thread goes live at 6pm.